During the first three days the iPhone 4 was available for general purchase, Apple said it sold more than 1.7 million units.
"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO in a PR statement the company issued early Monday. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."
But even as they celebrated, Jobs and Co. must be wondering how many more times they could have rung up the register had there been ample inventory to meet demand. What's more, Apple had to delay the white version of the iPhone 4, which it says will be available during the second half of the year.
In its statement, Apple did not address the iPhone 4 reception problems that many customers have encountered. Over the weekend, Jobsa cryptic email to a customer that he should "stay tuned." Earlier, Apple had suggested customers avoid covering both sides of the black strip in the metal band when they hold the iPhone. The tech blog carried a story on Saturday reporting that Apple was going to issue a fix to the iOS 4 operating system this week that would resolve the problem.